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“I want to help student-athletes achieve higher education and eliminate the excuse that its not possible because of my environment.  I want to help parents understand that their involvement is critical to the development of their children to replicate their character and build upon their own.  I want to help the community to become inspired by the student-athletes from their neighborhood.  If you join me in supporting this scholastic campaign for academic integrity you will be revitalizing the importance of education and strengthening the benefits of sports.”

Maine Prince, Speech to PFL participants, June 16, 2008


The Blueprint Issues are the discussed in detail throughout the plan to improve the quality of life of student-athletes in the county of Philadelphia for the 2008-2009 year.  Click on one of the links below or to the right to preview what is discussed in The Blueprint for Opportunity, a comprehensive guide to how student-athletes can be empowered - enlightened - encouraged to take their education to the next level.  The blueprint also is intended for parents of student-athletes, to give them an understanding of the problems faced, resolutions to those problems, and steps to take action.  The Opportunity Campaign is focused on inspiring student-athletes academically as well as athletically. 

 

Every month we will be performing speaking engagements at schools, luncheons, town hall meetings, house part meetings, and special requested events throughout the city of Philadelphia throughout this 10-month outreach campaign to promote the awareness of these issues so that people can be informed of the topics and how each population can support education and sports.

 

To obtain the full blueprint, please click here to receive a copy of the plan.

 

College Planning

Student-athletes that participate in their respective sport since their freshman year of high school should have the option of continuing the play sports into college.  Some major colleges start recruiting athletes as early as 7th grade, by inviting them to youth football camps and monitoring their progress.  It’s beneficial to start planning for college early to be able to select the right college for an athlete’s ability and character.  There are over 500 colleges that offer athletic scholarships in football and over 1000 for basketball, but many only know what they see through the media.  We plan to expand that knowledge.


Giving back to the community can be as simple as volunteering a few hours per week, per month, or per project to help non-profits create a better life for someone in need.  A study was done that correlates community service with academic success; students, who maintain a weekly community service record, are more likely to succeed and have a higher grade point average than those who do none at all.  There are several careers in community service as well, such as being a fireman, working as a police officer or the national guard, and working as an executive in a nonprofit serving the community.

Community Service


Economy

Going to college is the ultimate goal of student-athletes, but paying for college is getting more and more difficult because of the current economic decline and the increased cost of living as compared to the previous 10-20 years.  However, when planning for college there are a plethora of ways that scholarships can be obtained to pay for full tuition or to begin saving for college as late as middle school or high school.  PSTC has a plan that will promote investment selections into short term and long term goals for success.


Our society needs to improve the quality of life among student-athletes to motivate them to expand their education in various fields and select the career path that fits their intrinsic values.  Many jobs can be obtained without education, but to increase a lifetime salary 100 times that of the minimum wage, student-athletes should continue their education beyond a high school diploma and obtain a college degree or post-graduate degree.  PSTC has a plan for student-athletes that will inspire them academically as well as athletically by using what they have to go where they need to be.

Education


Health Care

The best ally that a student-athlete can have throughout his sports career to decrease the amount of time absent from the playing field or the court is health insurance.  Sports injuries are common in most sports, but in explosive sports that involve increased mobility and strength student-athletes are more susceptible to injuries that when treated promptly can reduce the severity of the injury and the length of rehabilitation.  Unfortunately, many student-athletes do not have insurance.  PSTC has a plan that will provide every student-athlete with insurance.


A majority of student-athletes are growing up in single parent households that have more than one child in the home and typically the head of household is the mother.  Because time management is critical to the development of their child, PSTC has a plan that will assist families in coordinating their time to actively participate in their child’s sports career.  The minimal time of hour per week at the school could help raise $1000 per month just being a part of a group of parents that want to assist in the development of a Booster Club or attend their child’s game by cheering them on.  A little – goes a long way!

Parental Involvement


Sports Nutrition

Today’s student-athletes train more frequently and more aggressively than athletes did of previous generations.  Scientifically, optimal athletic performance requires the following breakdown by percentage: 25% physical, 25% mental and 50% nutritional!  If an athlete is malnourished then their performance during competition or practice is going to be lethargic.  High intensity athletes need to consume 3,000 - 4,000 calories per day in order to compete at high energy levels.  PSTC plans to address this issue and demonstrate to parents how to make better selections at the grocery store to spend less and get more.


Student-Athletes should participate in a professional strength & conditioning curriculum to compliment speed-agility-quickness workouts.  The competition in sports can be continued through an off-season conditioning program that will improve the sports performance of a majority of athletes.  Reducing injuries, improving flexibility, increasing strength levels, and enhancing technique in form running to allow faster times in typical tests for their respective sport.  PSTC has a plan to instruct coaches and parents on the fundamentals of designing sports specific training that tracks the success of the program.

Sports Training

 

 

 

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